March Wrap Up

So, I’m posting this late. And am not sure what my posting in the next month is going to be like. I’m not planning a hiatus, but right now I don’t have any posts scheduled for April. Honestly, March was a month full of upheaval – though nothing actually happened. I’ve just been thinking a lot about work and trying to adjust things in my life and finally, finally, getting some things to take that has really helped my anxiety.

That all being said, I’m in the process of trying to spend more time working and…I really, really don’t know how all you bloggers that hold down full time jobs still have the time and/or energy to blog. Kudos to you. So, I hope to get things shifted, but right now, my life is messy and I don’t know how much I’ll be posting this month.

On a side note: I cannot believe it’s already April. Where is 2019 going?

Read in March

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Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee – ****
Family Matters by Angel Martinez – *****
Azimuth by Arshad Ahsanuddin – ****

Not a lot read this month, but at least I’m getting back into the swing of things. And all the books I tried to read turned out really well. Which is always a blessing.

What I Watched in March

I started watching Wynonna Earp and I think I made five episodes before deciding that, nope, this show isn’t for me. It’s kind of a shame, because up until that fifth episode, I was really liking the show, but they just did a couple of things that I has major problems with. One was the level of flat out torture in the episode/show – and it finally reached a point where I was having my doubts about watching anymore as it was. But then we get the kiss/sex scene between two people that have absolutely no chemistry (YMMV on that, considering everyone says they have great chemistry, but to me it was just uncomfortable) and happening at the most inappropriate time. So, yeah, stopped watching that show. (Thank you, Netflix!)

I also decided to pull the plug on Daredevil. I also watched about five episodes of it, but that was last year, and…I realized that I was watching the show for the relationship between Matt and Foggy and Karen and the lawyer bits, not the superhero parts and decided that it was time to stop. (Seriously, if this was a show about a blind lawyer and his lawyer friend and their new friend, I’d just love that show, I think. Also, the violence made me dread watching the show a little.)

I also watched about eight episodes of iZombie. While the show is fun, that’s only if you don’t look too closely at it. Let’s just say that it’s obviously got the thumbprints of Rob Thomas all over it because the same problems I had with Veronica Mars are here. Without the general awesomeness that is Kristen Bell. (It’s very white and though the main character is a pretty awesome woman, the rest of the cast/everyone truly important in her life are men, no LGBT+ rep, ect.) If you still think V. Mars is the best thing ever, you might like this show.

Finally, I actually finished season 2 of Call My Agent. It’s an odd little Netflix original from France and I mostly enjoy it. I say mostly because this season every single guy on the show behaves terribly to one or more women – usually their love interest. The women, on the other hand, are being ever more awesome.

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February Wrap-Up

It’s the end of another month and I have gotten nothing accomplished. For all that, though, this month has been pretty good. My birthday was this month and I did nothing. Well, besides bake my own cake and frost it. It was nice. I actually had an excuse for how lazy I wanted to be. Also, some of the new supplements I’m taking are kicking in and I feel less stressed and anxious all the time. It’s still there, but now I can actually relax occasionally, too. Hopefully this will only get better over time.

I also…Well, I have a bit of a writing project I’m working on. I don’t feel comfortable telling anyone about it just yet (it’s still in it’s early stages) but the free time I’ve had that I would usually spend reading has went to planning. So, another month that I read less than I would have liked. (Kind of a good news/bad news because I am in the middle of two books, but I’ve been in the middle of those books for over a week.)

We (me, my mom and my brother) are planing on going shopping in the city on Saturday and even though I so don’t need to, there’s a couple books I’m hoping to buy up there. We’ll see if the bookstore actually has them, because they have little of what I read.

What I ReRead This Month

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What I Watched This Month

I actually did manage to wrap up a couple of shows – though they left me very disappointed. I watched season 4 – the final season – of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and … I mean, I like the show, but this season, wear was showing. The characters weren’t learning from past mistakes and just either repeating them or not growing and developing. (Which I think is kind of the danger of comedy shows that rely on people being oblivious or unintelligent.) Also don’t really care for the ending of the show. I do think it needed to end.

I also watched season four – which is also the final season – of The Librarians. … Do you hear the crickets. I mean, this was one of my shows – but everything felt off about season four. It’s no surprise to me that it was canceled/ended after that season. Especially with that ending. Such a huge disappointment. (I mean, like the last five minutes, because, otherwise, that last episode was doing it’s best to remind me why I loved the show.)

Music & Games

Zip, zilch and nada.

No, that’s not completely fair. I’ve not been playing many games, but I have been listening to and researching music. Mostly for my writing project because I’m going to make playlists. Copious playlists. Like a playlist for ever person and ever relationship and ever location and …. yeah. Music. And it’s been really great because I’ve been getting to expand my music library into things I don’t often listen to and there’s little I love more than discovering new music.

Well, I hope everyone had a great month and I’ll see you next month.

January Wrap Up

Hey, all. It’s the end of another month – and this one has been quite…eventful. Not bad, really, just involved.

And can anyone believe it’s already the end of January 2019? This seems crazy. I do hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year. I did. It was just me and my mom and my brother and we stayed up ’til about 10:30 watching Scooby-Doo movies. It was fun and really low key and nice.

Anyway, my month…

So, first, I went to a naturopathic doctor – which is a kind of doctor that uses natural things, herbs and such, instead of writing you a prescription – because I’ve been having some health problems. Well, it turns out that what I thought was wrong with me wasn’t, but about four other things instead. So I took a hormone test and am now just waiting for the results back so I know exactly what I need to be doing.

The good news and how it pertains to this blog and you guys is that this should also help me get rid of at least some of my anxiety. Which means I’ll be blogging more and socializing more. Because I want to, I just tend not to when I feel this little ball of anxiety in my gut all the time.

Also, we finally got internet at our home. Which, in conjunction with the (hopefully) less anxiety, means that I should have more time to blog. Yay! I’d love to get a cushion again, because, right now, I have absolutely no posts scheduled.

Beyond all this, my mom is starting to seriously look at closing her store. She doens’t want to, but business has been so bad that she might not have a choice. So there’s been a lot of family discussions about all this. (And hearing from my sister for the first time in about three months and she is absolutely exhausting to talk to.)

All this – plus my independent jobs/work – has combined this month to make me read little and watch even less.

Books I Read This Month

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Fate of Flames was a reread (4 stars the first time, 4 stars the second time) to refresh my memory for the third book. I also wanted to read the second book, and I’ve been stuck in the middle of it for at least two weeks. I love the series, but I’m just not reading. For a Good Time, Call… (3 stars) was a whim buy and a whim read. It was okay, I guess, though I liked most of it, it was just the final resolution that bothered me. (Kind of like one of the guys doesn’t need to change a bit but the other one is always at fault, or something.)

What I’ve Been Watching/Playing/Listening To

Well, I’ve not actually been watching much. All I’ve done is watch some Scooby-Doo movies and a bit of Elementary. Not finished anything.

Games, on the other hand… I started a playthrough of Mass Effect, starting with the second one, as a female Shepard. (Because I’d already tried the first as female Shepard and coudln’t connect to her.) And couldn’t. I mean, I’ve got about a page and a half of a rant that I typed up as to what’s wrong with female Shepard (I might be posting that next month as I need someone to rant to about her awfulness).

Then I restarted Mass Effect, playing as male Shepard and am having a blast. Sometimes certain genders just don’t work for games and this is one case where I don’t think I’ll ever make a playthrough as female Shepard.

I also love to say that I’ve been listening to a lot of music…But I haven’t. It’s either been Shinedown, Panic at the Disco or some totally awesome Jazz/Big Band music I’m listening to from this app I downloaded to my phone. An app, I might add, that doesn’t tell me who the singers/musicians are, so I haven’t a clue. (I should probably download an app that does tell me, but this one has some really great music on it.

 

So, that’s been my month. Hopefully, things will be a bit more settled for February and I hope to have some new content for you guys soon-ish (TM). (Which could be in a few months/years.)

2018 End of Year Survey

Thanks to Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, I have a year end survey. I always love doing this, and taking the chance to look back at my year of reading. So, shall we? (All answers as of December 27th.)

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 10 (and that’s a lot for me)
Genre You Read The Most From: (would you believe) Contemporary (it edged out Historical by only one book)

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Fantasy: A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows
Sci-Fi: An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
Steampunk: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Historical: A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian
Contemporary: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Urban Fantasy: Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I ‘liked’ it so much that I didn’t even finish it. It was just bad. Leah was…quite terrible. So, yeah…

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I’m going to go with a good way, considering the last one was a bad way, and I don’t really want to go into that again. So I’m going to go with The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich because I hadn’t heard anything very good about it, but I wound up kind of loving the book.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Sadly, I don’t tend to push books at people. I need to get back to doing that. Hopefully I’ll start making more noise about my books next year and start pushing more books at more people.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series starter: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Sequel: Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley
Series Ender: The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars: Part 3

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Angel Martinez. While I’ve found several good new to me authors this year, Martinez wins this for the simple fact that I’ve read seven of her books. Considering I’d never read any of her books prior to this year, that’s kind of awesome.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

…I’m not really sure that any book is out of my comfort zone any more. At least, not the ones that I’m likely to actually read. Because usually in this instance I’d search out a contemporary book – but considering that this year I’ve read the most contemporary books and…well.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

This is interesting. Kind of a toss up between two books that I feel I read quickly and that I enjoyed reading. Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. Both vastly different, but both so readable.

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim, simply because I’ll be rereading the first two books in the series before I read the third. And, if I don’t get a move on, Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley because I already have the third and haven’t gotten around to it yet and I want to reread the first two before I read the third one there, too. (As I’ve found out that, often, I cannot really remember the books if it’s been close to a year since I read them and trying to read the sequel without remembering the previous ones…Not the best plan.)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

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So many awesome covers this year, you get two. Enjoy the pretty. (And love the new Percy Jackson covers!)

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

I’m going to go with Genevieve Lefoux from Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Of course, I was already crushing on her before I read this book, but she is totally awesome.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

*shifty eyes* I’m pretty sure I’ve not said any book was ‘beautifully’ written this year. Usually when I comment on the writing style, it’s to complain about it. Because, to me, the narration of a book is supposed to be in the background. It’s not supposed to take center stage, and usually if a book is ‘beautifully’ written, they mean that it does just that.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Even though I will say loudly and to anyone that brings this book up that I did not like it – at all – I will admit that it brought several very interesting questions about gender and sexuality and society. It, of course, was purely inadvertent or they refused to actually delve into the thoughts, but there were questions. (If they hadn’t wanted to take the most whitewashed, sanitized way out of every one of them.)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Blood Price by Tanya Huff. Okay, on one hand I can believe that it took me this long, because it’s not totally my thing. On the other hand, it’s by one of my favorite authors and that should immediately move it to the top of any TBR pile.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Life is too complicated for ‘it’s always this’ or ‘it’s always that.’ It’s usually ‘it’s this, unless it’s that, and sometimes it’s not even any of those things, and by the way this part explodes.” – Vasiht’h from Dreamstorm by M.C.A. Hogarth

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest at 27 pages is Leo Tops Aries by Anyta Sunday. Longest at 522 pages is The Painter Knight by Fiona Patton. Interesting to note is that the average length of my books worked out to 235 pages per book.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin has a very, very twist-y time travel-y plot. That is totally awesome and it only missed being my favorite sci-fi of the year by a hair. But, really, go into the book knowing little and it’ll be awesome! (Even knowing as much as I did, it was awesome, but I’m not learning anything about the sequel until I read it, so that should be fun.)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Korra/Asami from The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars. I mean, there are plenty of good ones. (Like John/Thornby or Hartley/Sam or Bianca/Alexandra or Amber/her love interest as I don’t want to totally give it away, but he’s awesome!) But even with all those couples, I’m fully aboard the Korrasami ship and that’s where I’m staying. Side note: my brother’s with me there. 😉

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Bianca and Daisy from A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins are like the best pair of girl friends ever, so they get mentioned and for awesome siblings, Monty and Felicity from A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I also have to give mention to the one knocked up girl and the one street boy that Hartley takes in and befriends in the most awesome found family I’ve read this year in A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I don’t know that Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth is actually my favorite in the series, because I love all the books so much, it is the first one and a absolutely delightful read. By this point, I need to remember to put her on my favorite authors list, because her books are such a delight.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Not SOLELY, because no matter how much a book is shoved at me, if it’s not my type, I won’t read it, but the major reason I read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee was because I kept coming across it on recommendation lists for books that had racial and sexual diversity.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I…have a bit of a thing for Shuos Jedao from Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Le.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

A lot of people compare Lee Welch’s Salt Magic, Skin Magic debut to K.J. Charles, but because I kind of can’t stand her books, a much more favorable comparison to me is Jordan L. Hawk. But, in any case, this was a very fun book.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler. Just, the world building here…it was awesome.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Recipe for Magic by Agatha Bird. This was such a fun, cute little novella set at a magic school and it was just so fun.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Ugh. The aforementioned The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. All four of the full length novels in M.C.A. Hogarth’s The Dreamhealers. Weeping. Nose stuffed up, eyes dripping on my glasses so I couldn’t read, weeping. Yeah.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Just everything I’ve read by E.E. Ottoman. His books are cute and fun and, except for some typos in this last one, very well written.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

…Well, you see, I have to have a soul in the first place for it to get crushed.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. And I still haven’t read the companion novel yet. I just liked this one too much and am afraid I won’t like the other one half as much.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

In this case it does mean I didn’t like it. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. It was supposed to be this progressive fantasy and instead it read like the nastiest imaginable from like the ’30’s. It was racist, homophobic, sexist… ‘Oh, but Amy, it was satire.’ Yeah? Really?

Well, on that note, folks…I’ll see you all next year!

 

December Wrap-Up

I hope everyone’s had a great year and are looking forward to next year. My December has been…kind of a mixed bag. I’ve had a couple migraines and that’s been disappointing because it’s been ages since I’ve had many. I just hope this isn’t the start of a pattern.

Though, while I’ve been in a good mood, I’ve also been stressed a little – and stress can be a trigger. But, other than that, my month’s been pretty good. I’ve not got a lot of reading done, but I’ve been watching tv like crazy. And I’ve been spending some time relaxing.

Which is always nice, though I am thinking of taking up meditation. I’m not sure it’s something I’ll even be good at, but with all the other stuff – mostly job related stress, though there’s also been a little health related stress – going on, I feel that it might be good for me. But, yeah. Do any of you guys meditate?

Five Star Reads

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Well, okay, so I actually read a bit more than I thought, though most of these books were read in the first week of the month.

What I’ve Been Watching

I watched season four of the The Fosters and I like certain things about this season a lot. Really looking forward to watching season five and getting read for the spin-off/sequel. (After all, we follow two of my three favorite characters from the show, so that’s awesome.) I also watched season two of The Magicians. I still like the show, even if there are certain choices I’m not the most pleased with, but, over all, I like it.

I watched season 2 of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and that show is still all kinds of awesome. I’ve even gotten my mother to watch it. (Thinking I might try my brother next.)

I watched Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery. I, actually, have read the books that this series comes from and…I was a little disappointed in the movie because I don’t think they did a very good job keeping faithful. Also, I hated the love triangle that was shoved down my throat. The good news is that my mom – who they were a gift for – liked them, so that’s all that really matters.

I watched the original The Magnificent Seven movie – borrow from my brother – and, actually, found it a lot of fun. I like these type of stories, anyway, and this one was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. Of course, everyone I liked died, but that’s the way of these movies. (I think I need to watch the new movie they did, because I like some of those guys. But I’ve been trying to convince my brother to buy it instead, because he likes those guys, too.)

Finally, I borrowed Race to Witch Mountain from my mom. I liked the movie, more than I expected to. (Mostly because the remake that I saw from the 90’s (?) was never a movie I particularly liked.)

Listening To & Playing

I am kind of addicted to this song. I don’t know why, it’s not really my usual thing, but I absolutely love it.

Most of what I listen to on the radio is either pop from the early 2000’s or modern/contemporary rock (with the occasional ’40’s big band thrown in) so when I recently heard this song I was going crazy that OneRepublic had a ‘new’ song that I didn’t know about.

I’ve been playing Bound by Flame. It’s not a bad game, pretty fun over all, though I’m starting to question if I’m going to finish it because there’s no option for same sex romances. (And I’ve been playing as this guy that’s doing his level best to romance the male elf and was already looking forward to a girl playthrough to romance the female magician. So…yeah. Disappointed.)

Well, I’m looking forward to next year and hope it’ll be a good one for all of us, filled with books and other wonderful things!

October Wrap Up

First up guys, I apologize in advance. This month has been…trying. So, what have I been doing? Mostly, me and my family have been talking about moving. Where we live, the economy is kind of bad, I’m not finding much work, my brother isn’t finding much work and my mom’s store isn’t even paying for itself. So… Yeah, we’ve been talking about trying someplace else. If we do decide to move, that’ll be interesting because I’ve never lived more than a half mile away from our home right now.

Beyond that, I’ve been trying to hit a rhythm with work and blogging and just having some time for myself to recharge my batteries. I think I might be getting there, but only time will tell.

As far as reading is concerned…I’ve actually been doing really well. If you guys remember, I instituted a buying ban until I read all the books I currently own. Much to my own surprise, I didn’t actually buy any books in October. I also cleared more books off my shelves than I had to this month, so I’m actually a little ahead. (I had 36 books at the beginning of October that I wanted to either read or mark down as permanent DNF. Starting November I have 21.)

I’m really pleased with myself this month and hope I can keep it up until the end of December.

Favorite Books of the Month (5 Star Reads)

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Movies and Shows

I watched season 3A of Teen Wolf, finally, and…and not really sure why it took me so long to get there. Sure, there were problems and things that made me personally unhappy, but it was really fun at times. By the time October ends, I hope to also have finished Leviathan: the Last Defense – which I originally borrowed from my brother and liked enough that I bought when it was cheap and have only now been rewatching it. Also fun. Really, forgot how fun it was.

As for movies, I watched Geography Club and liked it, but have little interest in the book it was from. The focus on friendship among LGBT+ teens was especially nice. I watched The Perfect Wedding and … it was fun in an ‘oh dear, now I have cavities’ kind of way. Though it was strange that they kept talking about Christmas while running around in shorts and tank tops.

I also watched Assassin’s Lineage and….was super disappointed. Not only was it very short – like thirty-five minutes long – but what we did get was kind of boring and I didn’t like the main character that we followed. Maybe I’d feel differently if I had played the games, but the whole point of a ‘blockbuster prequel’ is to draw in new fans as well as pander to the old. I still want to play the games, but let’s just say this has cooled my interest somewhat.

Gaming and Music

Honestly, this month I’ve not been playing much. I’ve been working on A Night in the Woods and… I mean, it’s not bad (except for the the scene where the player must control their character and actually make them get drunk to advance the story – that really bothered me) but it seems super pointless. I might not be finishing it now that I’m getting geared up for next month. (More info on that at the bottom of this post!)

Honestly, I pretty much love whatever they release as singles and, after listening to some of their other music, I think I’ve decided that Panic at the Disco is going to be the theme band for a book about superheroes that I’ve working on writing. Anyway, that, and this song are ones that I’ve not been able to get enough of this month.

 

I’d love to have a bunch of witty things to say to wrap this up, but I’m tapped out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books, or what you’ve been up to this month. Keep and eye out for my posts next month, as I’ll be celebrating Sci-Fi Month with One More. (And that’s why I read no sci-fi this month – I’m saving it all up for November!)

September Wrap Up

Where is this year going? I mean, I can hardly believe that it’ll soon be October. At the same time, I am really looking forward to it. (I love October and fall and Halloween!)

This month has been mixed across the board, but I think I’m finally getting to be in a good place. I would like to make note, in November, I’m hoping to participate in Sci-Fi Month. If you’d like to know more about it, check out the first post, here.

Favorite Books of the Month

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Three Star Read/s

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What I’ve Been Watching

I watched season three of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and…I’m not really sure why it took me so long to try that show. I mean, it’s a lot of fun and just pretty much (completely) the only ‘comedy’ show I can watch and enjoy. I watched season one of Torchwood and enjoyed it, but: I’m glad I didn’t watch it when I was first interested because I probably wouldn’t have liked it then, and I hate two of the characters and like two others. (Of course, Captain Jack is all kinds of awesome and I adore him, so it’s pretty much because of him that I will eventually watch season two.)

I watched season 1 of The Magicians and I liked it quite a bit. I did a little reading about the books and know I’ll be avoiding them because they don’t sound like my thing at all. But, the show? I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I watched Pacific Rim: Uprising and while the movie is totally awesome, it’s not as good as the first one. (Of course, the first one is my favorite movie, so I wouldn’t really expect the sequel to be as good as the first one.) There are several plot threads that worked as well as they did because they had the chance to build things in the first movie. I watched the new-ish Wonder Woman movie and… Didn’t love it. Barely liked it. I mean, the character of Diana is awesome and Gal Gadot is absolutely gorgeous and…that was about all the movie offers. The plot is…kind of terrible. And don’t even get me started on the ‘update’ of the character. It’s all kinds of stupid and annoying. (Definitely worried about the few other DC movies I want to see if this is the way they usually are. And by few I mean Aquaman and Black Adam.)

Finally, I also watched The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey. It was okay. I guess. I mean, it totally had it’s moments when it was fun, but it just stretched endlessly and kind of ends with a whimper. (I don’t care that there are sequels, it should be a complete movie.) I never read the book but I really don’t understand why it was stretched into three movies unless it was only to cash (literally) in on the LotR popularity. I will almost certainly not be watching the other two. (Even if they do have a pretty stellar cast.)

Gaming and Music

I’ve started a lot of games this month and finished very few of them. The only ‘big’ game that I actually enjoyed enough to finish was Jade Empire. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was a fun, fairly short RPG. I think it took me like thirteen hours to complete and there was a lot of wandering around not having a clue what I was doing. I do have to note something very interesting in that when I first tried to play the game, I played as a guy and totally could not get into the game. (Probably played for thirty minutes to an hour.) This time, I played as a girl and totally immersed myself in it. What is so interesting to me is that another Bioware game – Mass Effect – was just the opposite: I tried playing as a girl and couldn’t, but played as a guy and had a blast. So… I don’t know, I just thought it was interesting/strange. (Though I am hurt because my Jade Empire girl is single because she wanted to romance the only straight romance option and was effectively friendzoned!)

I heard this song for the first time this month and immediately had to go buy it from iTunes because I adore it.

How did your September go?

August Wrap Up

Alright, time to give you guys a bit of an update. I thought I’d be getting a retail job somewhere, then I was talking to my brother and I decided to go into house cleaning. That’s something I can do, I know what I’m doing, my sister did it before she got married, and I’ve been working a little for a house cleaner that’s my mom’s best friend.

Which, as it turns out, was a good choice for me because: I do not have a drivers license or, in fact, any photo id. So, I went to the DMV to get a state id card (which, for those of you that don’t know, is like a non-drivers card) and was told that I have to have a social security number first. Fine. However, I do not have a number/card because my father ‘didn’t want the government to track him.’

… (Even from the grave he’s screwing things up for me.)

So, I went up to get a social security number. However, I need a photo id to get a social security number. And to I need a social security number to get a photo id. (Oh, such a lovely country the US is. [/sarcasm]) Now I’m left just being grateful that I am not still trying to work for someone else, because I would have to have a social security number before I could even get the job. Because, I don’t have to have one working for myself – but I still need to get one sooner rather than later.

I’ve got a few ideas for workarounds, but…This just really sucks.

Anyway, this gives you an idea of what I’ll be doing: house cleaning. It’s not perfect, but, once I get a client base built up, I’ll be able to make enough money to save to buy a car. (So, all this has to be taken care of by then.) And…well, until then I’m still at my mon’s store.

I’ll probably actually wind up with more free time this way, once I start getting houses, so I can, maybe, keep this blog going at a slower rate. Of course, I’m going to be a anxious ball of nerves with the first few houses, because I don’t really like social interactions and this is like throwing me into the deep end. Which, when I’m anxious, I do tend to read less. Also, there’s the fact that now that my brother has moved in and I live with my mom and my brother (arguably the two people in my family I’ve always been closest to) I’m actually reading a bit less because I’m talking to the people I live with more.

Speaking of…

Best Read of the Month

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Four Star Reads of the Month

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Three Star Reads of the Month

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What I’ve Been Watching

A whole boatload of stuff this time around, it turns out.

I finished season two of Blood Ties – which now means that there’s nothing holding me back from reading the books. I just hope that Mike is more likable in the books than he is the show, because I kind of hated him. I also finished Primeval: New World and…it’s a bit of a departure from the original Primeval series. This one actually seems less horror. It’s just, in general, less jump scares, less creepy things stalking from the shadows. (Which was both good and felt a little watered down after the original series.) However, this one has a bi/lesbian main character – not mentioned often, but she is – and her ex-girlfriend on one episode. And they are both still alive at the end of the episode. And share an onscreen kiss. (And I am totally tripping on that.)

I watched season three of The Fosters and…um…I still like the show, though I gotta admit, I am really, really looking forward to the spinoff (Good Trouble) with Mariana and Callie, because they are probably my two favorite characters on the show. I also recently gave up on Pretty Little Liars. It was something I grabbed from Netflix and didn’t even make it through the first episode of. It’s quite definitely not for me. Even when I was younger, it wouldn’t have been for me, but at least then I might have made it through a couple of episodes. (And the more I hear about it, the more I’m sure it’s not for me.)

Listening To

The two songs that I’ve not listed yet that I have been listening to the most this month: (and you guys are going to love this because they are are quite different ends of the spectrum)

 

I’ve actually been pretty happy with my entertainment this month and I gotta say: I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging more often.

June Wrap Up

I don’t know what it is about this month but I seriously feel just ugh about everything. The month started off well, but I feel so drained and keep getting into a bad mood. Honestly, it might have something to do with the fact that I DNFd 5 of the 13 books I read this month. So…ermh. Yeah. I’d also love to have something witty up here to say, but it’s hot and I’m lazy in the summertime.

(Should I start including my DNFs in my wrap-up? I’ve been thinking I might, but then you’d see how terrible I am at DNFing anymore. Like, I do it way too often. And I have started to feel strangely bad that my four star reads are clumped in with my two star reads as ‘other books of the month.’ Maybe something needs to be done there.)

Favorite Books of the Month

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Other Books of the Month

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Between Not Your Villain (which was a HUGE disappointment) and Leah on the Offbeat (which was one of those aforementioned DNFs) and The Price of Temptation (whose second half was awful) this was also kind of the month that killed authors I already knew and liked. (Unless I look at Hale and Hawk, to other authors whose books I’d read before and actually enjoyed their work this time around, too. Man, I read a lot of authors this month that I already knew.)

Watching/Listening/Playing

Let’s see, movies first. I watched Ten Year Plan and got a kick out of the way they kind of played with the typical rom-com tropes. A couple of people even saying that’s how it works in the movies. I also watched Black Panther and, I mean, I liked the movie, but it was just…really odd for a superhero movie. Kind of twisty with the plot. Loved Wakanda though, and adored the way it wasn’t just fake diversity. (And Shuri! I love Shuri.) Finally I watched Love, Simon and…hmm. It was enjoyable, but there’s a few interesting choices how it diverged from the book (like Leah’s relationship with Simon) and it did serve, I think, to make Martin more sympathetic. Otherwise, it kind of suffered from the same issue I had with the book, namely: Blue and his interaction/lack thereof with Simon. A bonus is that everyone is exactly how I pictured them in the book, so yay for the casting!

I finished series one of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and love the show. That was a Netflix watch, but I’ll definitely be buying the other two series and, eventually to rewatch, the first one. I also watched season two of The Fosters. This show is definitely more drama-y than my usual viewing, (or, as I call it, slice-of-life) but it’s surprisingly watchable. Maybe because I do genuinely like most of the characters.

I want to make note here, too, about a couple of Netflix series I tried that just wasn’t for me. (So you guys can view this as a chance to convince me to keep watching if you love one of them.) Jane the Virgin. Honestly, I love the diversity in this show, but it’s just too good at what it does for me: being a soap opera. Sure, there’s some gentle needling at the genre, but it is a soap opera. Switched at Birth. If I’d seen the show when I was first interested in it, I might have loved it, but I’ve kind of reached the point where I don’t usually enjoy teenaged shenanigans, so without a hook besides the deaf representation…Yeah. Seriously though, give me a push with either of them and I might continue. Also I gave up on Schitt’s Creek. It’s just a very awkward show with awkward humor and I do suffer a bit from second-hand embarrassment and this show just tied my stomach into knots. (So, yeah, won’t be watching more of it.)

Usually, right about here, I have some totally awesome song I’ve just discovered and have been listening to non-stop on youtube. However, this month all I’ve been listening to is whatever’s on the radio. (And Neon Trees. So have a Neon Trees song – probably my favorite of theirs.)

Now, as for playing… Steam has been having their summer sale so I’ve actually been buying more games than I have been playing. However, I have recently gotten involved in Borderlands. While of right now, I’ve not gotten very far (I think I’m a level 7, so this is still pretty early in the game) I LOVE the opening theme song and video.

Seriously, I’ll probably watch this thing every time I play the game because it is so awesome.

How has you guys June gone? (And is there a more grammatically correct way to ask this question?)

May Wrap Up

So, I’m provisionally back. Because it turns out that getting wisdom teeth pulled isn’t as much of a vacation as I’d hoped. (Who would have thought?) So, I’ll be here for TTT’s and my Monday posts – I hope – but beyond that… I have no idea. I would like to get a bit more out in June, but we will have to see how things go.

Good news is that I now have two fewer teeth than when I started the month. And, really, it wasn’t bad. I mean, I’d kind of built this really scary thing up in my mind – running through all the things that could go wrong, but that also sometimes helps me because at least I have a plan for when (I mean, if) things do go wrong – but there was no trouble and fairly minor pain.

I thought that while I was convalescing I’d get some reading done and instead played video games for a week… So, I’m definitely not thrilled with the amount of books I’ve read this month, but that was why I set myself a low Goodreads challenge this year – so I wouldn’t feel pressured. (Besides, it seems that I always read less in the summer than any other time of year. And, the calendar might not yet say summer, but we’ve already been so hot.)

Favorite Books of the Month

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Other Books of the Month

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Even if I only read three books this month, at least two of them were five star reads. The third one…wasn’t very good. At all. But, still.

Watching/Listing/Playing

I’ve not been watching a lot this month. I mean, I thought I’d watch TV like crazy while I was recouping, but…Well, I only finished two shows this month and watched very little else.

I watched season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I like the show, and it’s usually pretty fun, but what I like the most is that it’s not like all the comedy shows I used to watch. This one actually develops and doesn’t have a big reset button at the end of each episode.

I also watched season four of Glee. I am making my way through the entire series for the first time, as I avoided it while it was on TV, and while I will finish it, this season was quite a disappointment. There were a lot of things I didn’t like, some that I would have liked to see, and several couples that are just bad/unhealthy. (I really no longer support Blaine/Kurt and I NEVER supported Finn/Rachel but they just keep getting progressively worse. I do still totally support Santana/Brittany, so there is that. And to a lesser degree, Mike/Tina. Though I am beyond thrilled at Tina’s character development this season. I also do kind of support Jake/Marley. I wasn’t sure I would, then I realized Ryder’s an ass, so…*cough*he can just die with Finn*cough* (if you’ll pardon the joke because I do know about that, but while I might understand the mourning for a talented actor, I hate the character of Finn Hudson with a passion.)

 

Two new songs this month, one from a sing whose music I adore, and one from a band that I’d never heard of before, but that has some awesome stuff.

And as for where all my time has went this month … oh, about ninety hours in a complete Mass Effect playthrough. (Second time finishing Mass Effect, second time starting ME2 and first time playing ME3.) As a whole, I like the games, but the third one kind of left me a mess. Seriously, the whole series is so much fun up until the last third of ME3 and then it’s like the depression train hits and while I still liked it, I don’t think it’ll be a game I replay often. (It ruined me, my friends. Totally ruined me.)

I also gave Valkyria Chronicles a go over Memorial Day weekend (as I couldn’t reply Dragon Age II like I’d planned) and…I’m not impressed. I might get back to it someday, but for now its been marked as ‘abandoned’ in my Steam library. For one thing, if you think the Mako in Mass Effect is a pain to drive, the tank in VC is so much worse. And while I like strategy games, I like taking my time and plotting out an extended game. That’s pretty much impossible to do with VC.

Anyway, that’s how my May has went. How was yours and what have you got planned for June?